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Autism: Disease or the New Normal?

Travis James Leland


February 07, 2013

The rise in reported cases of people being born with conditions on the Autism Spectrum indicate a possible evolutionary trait: a mutation that enhances the ability of the most powerful tool the human animal has – its mind. Instead of working toward a cure for ASD, we should be harnessing the collective power of these genius minds to fundamentally change our society. We need to evolve or die.


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Posted by Pastor_Alex  on  02/08  at  10:53 AM

If we are talking pure mind function, then I think you might be right. I would argue though that as a social species that the ability to be social is vitally important. I think we do need to expand our ideas of who is ‘normal’, but within that expanded range we also need to make efforts to include people from the entire broad range.

Posted by Bumpy Toad  on  01/06  at  02:02 AM

I’m Aspie/Autistic and I’m terrified of folks such as myself being culled from the population, or traits being eliminated. I’m terrified of prenatal screening. I’m terrified of EUGENICS. I want to live in a world where Autistic babies continue to be born in the future, and that we live safely and happily and are free to be ourselves. I want to live in a world without Neurotypical supremacy, and rather than adapt to the NT system, we can be free to live on our own terms. Difference needs to be accommodated, not eliminated!

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